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Most grounds maintenance workers need no formal education and are trained on the job. Most states require licensing for workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers.Education
Although most grounds maintenance jobs have no education requirements, some employers may require formal education or certification in areas such as landscape design, horticulture, or arboriculture.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Most states require workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers to be licensed. Obtaining a license usually involves passing a test on the proper use and disposal of insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.
The National Association of Landscape Professionals offers seven certifications in landscaping and grounds maintenance for workers at various experience levels.
The Tree Care Industry Association offers certification for tree care safety professionals.
The International Society of Arboriculture offers six certifications for workers at various experience levels.
The Professional Grounds Management Society offers certification for workers at various experience levels.Training
A short period of on-the-job training is usually enough to teach new hires the skills they need, which often include how to plant and maintain areas and how to use mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers, small tractors, and other equipment. Large institutional employers such as golf courses, university campuses, or municipalities may supplement on-the-job training with coursework in horticulture or small-engine repair.Advancement
Grounds maintenance workers who have good communication skills may become crew leaders or advance into other supervisory positions. Becoming a manager or a landscape contractor may require some formal education and several years of related work experience. Some workers use their experience to start their own landscaping companies.Important Qualities
Physical stamina. Grounds maintenance workers must be capable of doing physically strenuous labor for long hours, occasionally in extreme heat or cold.
Self-motivated. Because they often work with little supervision, grounds maintenance workers must be able to do their job independently.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Superintendant, Lower Golf Course||Baltusrol Golf Club||Springfield, NJ||Apr 03, 2012||$87,526|
|Golf Course Superintendent||Manor Country Club, Inc.||Rockville, MD||Feb 03, 2014||$85,000|
|Superintendant, Lower Golf Course||Baltusrol Golf Club||Springfield, NJ||Jul 15, 2011||$79,544|
|Golf Course Superintendent||Bretton Woods Recreation Center||Germantown, MD||Jul 31, 2013||$70,000|
|Golf Course Superintendent||The Club at Admiral's Cove, Inc.||Jupiter, FL||Oct 01, 2012||$66,950|
|Golf Course Superintendent||The Club at Admiral's Cove, Inc.||Jupiter, FL||Oct 01, 2010||$65,000|
|Agronomist/Golf Course Superintendent||Golfxtreme, LLC.||Kanab, UT||Oct 01, 2010||$60,000|
|Golf Course Superintendent||CSW Group, Inc.||Palm Beach Gardens, FL||Nov 01, 2009||$51,925|
|Golf Course Superintendent||CSW Group, Inc.||Palm Beach Gardens, FL||Oct 30, 2009||$51,750|
|Golf Course Superintendent||The Club at Admiral's Cove, Inc.||Jupiter, FL||May 15, 2014||$50,606 -
|Golf Course Superintendent||PGA National Resort & Spa||Palm Beach Gardens, FL||Apr 16, 2009||$50,000|
|Assistant Golf Course Superintendent||North Jersey Country Club||Wayne, NJ||Apr 01, 2014||$40,000|
|Assistant Golf Course Superintendent||North Jersey Country Club||Wayne, NJ||May 01, 2014||$40,000|
|Assistant Golf Course Superintendent||Trump National Golf Club||Colts Neck, NJ||Aug 01, 2013||$37,700|
|Assistant Golf Course Superintendent||Beaumont Country Club Inc.||Beaumont, TX||Jan 01, 2012||$35,000|
|Assistant Golf Course Superintendent||Beaumont Country Club Inc.||Beaumont, TX||Jan 01, 2012||$34,000|
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